Emotional, Intriguing, Intelligent
There are many memorable moments and turning-point scenes, but I suppose one of the standout ones for me is the scene where Eve tells Roarke about her childhood and you can just feel the raw emotions, and the pain that she's denied and kept buried. But you can also tell that speaking about it finally is rather cathartic for her and has probably been the start of real healing.
I loved all of the different voices she does for the different characters, the way that she makes each one distinct and the way you can tell a lot about the character's personality based on how she does their voice. I was also impressed with her ability to make you forget that this is a female narrator doing voices for mostly male characters, because none of them sound like a woman doing a man's voice. With Roarke in particular you forget it isn't really a man talking, and the way she handles his accent is nothing short of brilliant, giving him just a hint of an Irish brogue when he's talking normally and calmly, but thicker and rougher when he gets upset or angry just the way a real person would.
I certainly felt the often raw emotions right along with the characters, and the story and the performance became so captivating at times that I didn't want to turn it off.
I thought the book moved along at a good pace and maintained a good balance between plot progression of the murder mystery, development of the budding relationship between Eve and Roarke, and the character development of Eve, Roarke, and various of the secondary characters. I never really felt like one aspect was receiving more than its fair share of attention nor like progress in one area was stagnating due to the attention given to others. The main problems I had with this book had to do with the futuristic setting and some of the attitudes that still existed. I feel like some of the things that were apparently still an issue, like birth control, should have/would have been so commonplace and accepted by that point that no one would really think to question the morality of it.
Probably one of the best entries in the series yet. This book deals with a variety of very serious issues and presents some very real threats both to Georgina and her friends and to the entire hierarchy of power in Seattle. Themes of betrayal in various forms run strong here, as do issues of trust, both knowing who you can trust and knowing when to trust and not to trust. The status quo is shaken from top to bottom, and as with previous volumes in the series, nothing will be the same again once all is said and done here.
Georgina has been trolling around at rock bottom in the months since her spectacular and heart-rending breakup with Seth in Succubus Dreams. She's since hooked up with Dante, a human psychic that we met in that book, much to the dismay and disgust of her friends. Instead of the caring and charming woman that we've known so far in this series, she's become bitter and angry, caught in a downward spiral of drinking and evil-doing that seems more than a little unlike her. The situations she is thrown into here, however, make her re-examine her attitudes and her reactions to everything that has happened to her, and thankfully serve as a catalyst to bring her out of her funk and restore her mostly to her former self. Of course, given the nature of some of the trials she has to face, it's inevitable that they will leave her changed as well, though this time it seems the change will be for the better going forward.
Characters and storylines from previous books resurface here, some which it had been obvious would be continuing but also some that are a bit surprising in their return. Because of this I'd highly recommend reading this series in order, for while the basics of who people are and what has happened previously do get explained here, you'll most likely be lost here if you haven't read the previous books. This is partly due to the way the author so adeptly throws out things that seem to be a minor detail at the time but later gain much greater significance, and not every allusion to previous events gets explained enough to really give the reader a complete appreciation of the intricate storylines at play here. Even if it hadn't been obvious before, it's completely obvious by the end of this book that this series is telling a larger, likely finite story, with each book revealing just enough more of the larger picture to keep the reader intrigued and reading on.
In summary, I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who has been following the series and agree with what I've heard many say regarding this being probably the best one of all, at least so far. If you haven't read the previous books, definitely go back and start with book one to get the full effect of the series. 5 solid stars to a book that held me enthralled from beginning to end.
This was the third or fourth time I've read this book, and I always enjoy it. It is a fascinating tale of a battle between Light and Dark and the measures each employs. It incorporates many things from children's fairy tales and the creatures in them to various religious traditions, though pagan traditions predominate. It is interesting to watch how each of the characters evolves and responds to the challenges presented.
Woven throughout the tale is Ms. Huff's brand of irreverent and snarky humor that provides many lines that draw a chuckle or a laugh even in the midst of dire happenings. As the tale unwinds, you come to care about the characters a great deal, and you want everything to turn out well for them even though it's fairly clear that such can't really be the case. The ending when it comes is both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Good prevails (not really a spoiler since we all know that it will) but not without a cost. Some of the characters have grown considerably by the end, others have simply had their beliefs and values re-affirmed, but none are left unchanged, at least in some small way, by their experiences.
Recommended to all who like fantasy, particularly that with a real-world setting. I'm standing by my intital 5 star rating on this, though my true rating is probably more like a 4.8.
Note: For this re-read, I listened to it in audiobook form, and while the narrator does an acceptable job, there were times when I felt her performance left something to be desired. In particular, in several places there are lyrics given, and she always recites these in a rather flat manner. I wouldn't expect them to be sung necessarily, but they could have been read as poetry with a bit more feeling than she puts into it.
I've only listened to the audio, so can't really compare it to the print version.
The big confrontation scene at the end, most definitely. I don't want to say more because it would be too spoilery, but it'll rip your heart out and leave you aching on Georgina's behalf.
She really brings the characters to life and helps you to visualize what's going on a lot better than just reading it on a page or a screen would I think. Each character is done with a different voice, even if it's just a subtle difference of tone in how she reads their lines, such that you quickly learn to recognize who's speaking even before they're identified.
This one will definitely have you wanting to cry I think. Also will have you wanting to scream "No! Stop! Don't!"
I thoroughly enjoyed this book despite, or perhaps because, of the emotional roller coaster it takes you on. Where in the earlier books we've gotten to see Georgina at some of her highest and happiest points, in this book we get to see her at her lowest. Will she recover from it? The jury's still out on that one. I definitley look forward to continuing the series to find out the answer and to see where things go from here for all of the characters involved. The more we learn about Georgina and her world, the more fascinating it becomes until you can't wait to learn even more. 4½ stars to an excellent entry in a very strong series.
This is one of the better audiobooks I've listened to so far. Ms. Gilbert does an excellent job of distinguishing characters from each other with voices, and in bringing them alive with her performance.
I like how we get to see all the different stages of attitude and emotion that Cat goes through and that her reactions are always believable given her mindset at the time. She might make decisions lightly and flippantly to begin with, but as the story progresses and she begins to better understand some of the ramifications of her actions, then she starts to consider things more and acts less and less rashly. She makes mistakes, but she learns from them, and eventually stops making the same mistakes all the time at least.
I liked the different voices she gave to all of the characters so that it was easy to tell who was talking when their was dialog. I also liked how she portrayed Cat, and how she really captured her emotions with her intonations as she narrated.
The scene where Cat and Bones make love for the first time is *very* hot, but it's the chapters at the end that I found particularly moving, because the raw and painful emotions that Cat is going through really tug at the heartstrings.
This is an excellent story that will take you on an emotional journey and shines a harsh light on things like the nature of prejudice that might have you seeing it in a different light. Readers/listeners should probably be warned that this book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger that will leave you a bit slackjawed perhaps that it could end that way, so you might want to have the second book handy by the time you finish this one if cliffhangers bother you. Whether the questions get answered in the next book or not, you'll most likely be wanting the answers at the end of this one.
The storyline that kept you guessing, pointing you in one direction then revealing it had sent you down a blind alley so to speak. I suspected who the villain was but not until just before it was revealed. Still, there were a few twists at the end I didn't quite see coming, and the ending left me very curious to see what will happen next.
Georgina. She is very personable and easy to relate to. It's easy to feel sorry for her and the life she's landed herself in, her desire to do as little bad as possible. It's difficult to impossible to see her as an evil being for she seems filled with good rather than evil.
Georgina. She really brought her to life and made you sympathize with her, made you feel her regrets and the highs and lows of her emotions.
A few scenes made me laugh, and a few scenes made my heart break for Georgina, but the main strong reaction was that I was so caught up in the story through the last half that I just had to keep listening, to find out what would happen and how it would all work out.
A great book, and one that I'd definitely recommend to others. I read some of this one on my Kindle to start with, then switched to audio for the sake of being able to keep making progress on it while doing other things, and am very glad I did. It was enjoyable from the beginning in print, but the audio performance really brought the characters to life and drew me in more than I think the print might have done.
This is one of the best I've listened to so far.
Angel, though it's hard for her not to be since it's all told from her POV, and the narrator is reading with her voice. She's very easy to relate to, and it's easy to feel sympathy for her as she tries to piece together what's happened to her, why she's changed, and tries to start to make something of herself.
Her accents are great, and you really feel like you're listening to Angel talk, and through her, listening to the others around her. The voice for each character is distinct, though she doesn't try to do the males with a falsely gruff "male" voice, but rather, she does them as though it were Angel mimicing how they talk. It's very entertaining, and really brings the story to life.
Again, Angel is probably the most memorable, because you hear her the most. Others such as Zeke, Kang, and Marcus deserve honorable mention as well though.
This book is definitely worth listening to, especially if you like urban fantasy. I think the narrator brings this book to life and lets you experience dimensions of it you might not get just reading it.
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